SCIENTIFIC NAME: Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues'
COMMON NAME: Little Bluestem
GARDEN SIZE: 1.5 ft. x 1.5 ft.; 3 ft. in bloom
USDA ZONE: 3-9
EXPOSURE: Full Sun
SEASON OF ACTIVITY: Warm Season
WATER & SOIL: Average to dry, well-drained soil; Can handle a variety of soil conditions
HABIT (FORM): Mounded clumps
FOLIAGE: Perennial; Bluish-gray delicate blades that progress to shades of blue, purple and orange in the fall
BLOOM TIME & COLOR: August to September; Brown fluffy seed heads turn a silvery white when mature
CARE: Leave stalks throughout fall and winter for interest and crown protection. Cut clumps back to approximately 6 inches from the ground in late winter (Late February/Early March) before new growth begins to push up. If you miss the window and new growth begins, cut back to just approve where new growth is apparent.